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Trincadeira is an old and noble light-skinned red grape variety native to Portugal, and one of the grapes used in the Port wine blend in the Douro Valley wine region. The grape was mentioned for first time in 1531 by the founders of the historic Fonseca winery. It is known as well as Tinta Amarela and it is planted also in Dão, Lisboa and Alentejo wine regions. Trincadeira is extremely difficult to grow as the clusters are highly susceptible to rot, but when the conditions are right the Trincadeira can be highly rewarding. It is used mainly for blending red and rosé wines and also for sparkling wine production. The varietal produces intense, spicy wines complemented by dark forest fruits like blackberry and black tea with ample tannins that improve with some years in bottle. Outside, Portugal the grape has plantings only in South Africa and Spain.

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